Thousands Without Power Following Storm, Bladenwoods Condominium Severely Damaged
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Crews are cleaning up in the Washington area after fierce storms ripped through the region Friday night.
The District Department of Transportation says crews were working Saturday morning to remove downed trees, branches and debris. The agency says that it had already received more than 100 tree-related service requests. The agency says the worst damage is reported in Wards 4 and 5.
In Maryland, the Bladenwoods condominium in Blandensburg suffered significant damage when the storm hit around 8 p.m.
Emergency Management officials have set up a temporary shelter for residents impacted by the microburst that hit the area.
Officials have also established a storm damage hotline. Residents can and report storm damage or request assistance by calling 301-583-2230.
Meanwhile, thousands of residents were without power as crews struggled to repair all of the downed lines across the region.
Pepco crews reported seeing a tremendous amount of trees and limbs down that damaged lines. The company has called in all of its crews and contractors as well as additional crews from other utilities to help restore power.
Those repairs, however, could take some time. Pepco says it plans to have service restored in Montgomery County by the early morning hours Sunday.
Residents in Prince George’s County and the District will have to wait a little longer. Pepco says it plans to have all of the power restored in those areas by very late Sunday night into early Monday.
Track the latest power outages on the WNEW Power Outage Guide.
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